Tertullian complains that "we are called by them simple" and "are considered foolish because we are simple:"
he answers that the Valentinians are the fools.
Similarly Irenaeus (AH 3.15.2) and Hippolytus (Ref Praefatio)."
From Chapter I of Elaine Pagels' The Gnostic Paul.
Patrologia Latina II (Paris: Migne, 1844)."
text divisions follow those of R. Massuet, in Migne.
Patrologia Graeca 7 (1857). These are also noted in Harvey's margins."
Romans feared quantum~sophist~gn¤sticism more than any other belief system and tried vainly to destroy it.
("the called"), who should be referred as "Fools," using their own dialectical criteria.